Dyslexia Action Team Given 30 Minutes To Leave As Organisation Goes Into Administration
When Sutton Coldfield Local launched in February 2010 one of the first organisations I wrote about was Dyslexia Action. I was blown away by the dedication and hard work of the staff providing an essential service within Sutton Coldfield – something the organisation has been doing for over forty years.
I was gutted therefore to hear of Dyslexia Action going into administration and was even more alarmed at the nature of the closure of Dyslexia Action Sutton Coldfield.
On Thursday April 14th Dyslexia Institute Limited aka Dyslexia Action ceased to trade all operations – with the exception of the teacher training centre – and staff at the Sutton Coldfield office were told that they had 30 minutes to clear their desks and leave the premises before the locks were changed. This brilliant, wonderful and dedicated team were then informed via the Internet that they were now redundant.
Having been kept in the dark about the situation, the team were in total shock at the news and were extremely upset at not being able to contact those families that had been receiving their support.
One of the team told Sutton Coldfield Local:
“I am so sad that the amazing teachers and psychologists along with myself and my colleagues will no longer be able to offer support to local people facing barriers and anxiety to learning.
“We were not able to contact parents and pupils as we were ordered to leave. It’s been quite an ordeal really to be made redundant out of the blue. We have been in tears about this.”
It must have been even more of a shock to the team knowing that Dyslexia Action Sutton Coldfield were actually operating at a profit.
Just to add a little salt to the wounds, the staff were also informed that “…the charity is no longer in a position to make payments to you for services rendered under your contract of employment”
Whatever went wrong at Dyslexia Institute Limited, someone needs to be held to account for the situation the organisation has apparently been lurching and floundering into for sometime. In the 2015 financial report it states:
“Our financial performance this year is disappointing. Net outgoings were £1.7m (against £6.4m total incoming resources), primarily reflecting a sharp fall in voluntary income and an increase in expenditure based on an overly optimistic budget and outlook.”
It goes on to record that:
“Particularly in light of the challenges of the past year, the Trustees and Executive continue to strive for a better and more stable longer term balance in income and expenditure: one that seeks to maximise the external funding opportunities, including the development of wider voluntary income streams, whilst also taking action to minimise costs. Thereby ensuring a long term and growing level of activity supporting beneficiaries with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.”
Dyslexia Institute Limited Income and Expenditure (Report and Financial Statements
For the Year Ended 31 August 2015)
|Income £’m||Expenditure £’m|
|Charitable activities 5.84||Generating voluntary
|Voluntary income 0.48||Charitable activities 7.60|
|Investment 0.11||Governance 0.11|
|Total 6.43||Total 8.12|
During 2016 four directors of Dyslexia Institute Limited stood down, including the organisation’s Secretary, while no new appointments are recorded.
Personally, I’d like to say a massive thank you to the team at Dyslexia Action Sutton Coldfield for the dedication they have shown over the years and wish them well for the future.